Moderate risk, high reward. That’s what the Dallas Cowboys’ were looking at with a trade down from the first round in the 2013 NFL Draft that would eventually land them then Baylor wide receiver Terrance Williams. As the Cowboys were then in search of another WR that could take the pressure off of WR Dez Bryant, current personnel at the position left much to be desired. There was no true #2.
With the immediate decline of WR Miles Austin, no true opposite field threat was available. This was very problematic as now all an opposing defensive coordinator had to do was double down on Dez (still didn’t work, btw). Luckily, tight end Jason Witten was a bit of a release valve and players like WR Cole Beasley and WR Dwayne Harris proved to be highly serviceable. To a degree.
It’s that degree that put the Cowboys in a bind. Especially considering Harris is too valuable a kick returner to risk injury on a traditional offensive play and Beasley hardly being a deep threat. There was a piece missing and Terrence Williams was brought in to fill that void. His track speed alone would make him the square peg for the square hole.
“And that’s really telling about who he is, the kind of character he has just to come back, because the nature of this game is you’re going to have things that go against you, and how you respond to it is critical.” – Jason Garrett on Terrance Williams via Star Telegram
Terrance Williams is a Texas-bred kid through and through. Born in Dallas, he played high school ball in Dallas (as W.T. White High) and even turned down a scholarship to Colorado State to attend Baylor. It’s safe to say this guy is bred to play football. And what better way to complete his journey than with a Star on his helmet, right? It’s rhetorical. Yes, it’s right.
T-Will (as we so lovingly refer to him) has not been without his struggles since becoming a Dallas Cowboy. He struggled learning the system in training camp his rookie year, but, would eventually beat out Dwayne Harris for the 3rd WR spot. When Miles Austin (inevitably) went down with another hamstring injury, Williams slid into the #2 spot for game 4. It was time to cook.